Sask. police forces react to suspected fentanyl overdose deaths in Saskatoon
Saskatoon police issued a warning this past weekend about fentanyl-laced cocaine after six suspected overdoses resulted in two deaths.
A man and a woman died, another person was left in a coma and the other three are reportedly recovering after being rushed to the hospital, all on March 10.
Saskatoon police released the street name and phone number of an alleged drug dealer in the hope of preventing further casualties. Three men are now in custody and facing drug-related charges.
The warning in Saskatoon left Regina residents wondering if there is a cause for concern in the city.
Regina Police Service (RPS) said although they may not be the first people to become aware of this situation, they have no specific indication of cocaine laced with fentanyl in Regina at this time.
“Just as you wonder about whether or not it’s possible for this same situation to arise in Regina, so do we,” said Elizabeth Popowich, the manager of public information & strategic communication for the Regina Police Service.
“It is certainly possible that it could happen, but we don’t have information that it is happening. Our investigators communicate regularly with investigators in all of the municipal police services as well as the RCMP.”
RPS encourages anyone to turn in any illicit drugs as there is a concern for Regina residents who may be involved in illegal drug use.
Police also emphasized that the activity they are involved in is very dangerous, considering they don’t know what sort of “product” they are getting.